The American League defending champion Houston Astros will continue their series in the state of Washington as they prepare for game two of three against the Seattle Mariners.
The matchup between two AL West foes will be a continuation of last year intense sprint to the playoffs. In 2021 the Mariners narrowly finished five games behind Houston despite winning 90 games. Houston will hope for a repeat of last season as they head into the matchup at Safeco Field on Saturday.
Houston Astros vs Seattle Mariners: Injury Reports
Manager Dusty Baker has been fortunate to have injuries at a minimum for the Houston roster, aiding their strong start to the 2022 campaign. The Astros will receive a major boost if Lance McCullers can return to form in time to help the team make a run for another division title. The injury report can be seen below
Mariners manager Scott Servais is missing some key pieces of his roster. The team hopes to get Kyle Lewis back as their outfielders have been dismal offensively, however he has been slow in his return to the team. The injury report can be seen below:
Houston Astros vs Seattle Mariners: Predicted Lineups
The Astros have started to find their offensive groove even without star second baseman Jose Altuve displaying his usual propensity for hitting. The All-Star looks to be in the midst of turning it around as he went two for five in the final series with the Arizona Diamondbacks including a stolen base in the extra innings loss.
The Astros predicted lineup can be seen below.
1. Jose Altuve, 2B
2. Michael Brantley, LF
3. Alex Bregman, 3B
4. Yordan Alvarez, DH
5. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
6. Kyle Tucker, RF
7. Chas McCormick, CF
8. Jeremy Pena, SS
9. Martin Maldonado, C
The Mariners lineup has been carried by shortstop JP Crawford, however All-Star Jesse Winker is shaping up for a breakout. The newly acquired Winker has managed to boost his on-base percentage to .360 after a slow start and a series in front of the home crowd could be enough to wake up his bat.
1. Adam Frazier, 2B
2. Ty France, 1B
3. JP Crawford, SS
4. Jesse Winker, LF
5. Mitch Haniger, RF
6. Abraham Toro, 3B
7. Eugenio Suarez, DH
8. Jared Kelenic, CF
9. Luis Torrens, C
Both teams hope to set the tone in their quest to win the division in April. However, baseball is a marathon, not a sprint. And these two clubs will have plenty to say to each other throughout the year.